English League One football club Sunderland is nearing the end of a major initiative to replace around 10,000 discoloured seats at its Stadium of Light home ground.

Various sections of seating have faded from red to a pink colour due to exposure to the sun, and the club had been looking to install replacements ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Last month, the club announced plans to invite fans to take part in the effort in exchange for complimentary refreshments in Quinn’s Sports Bar at the venue.

Sunderland reached out to supporters aged 18 or older that have a basic level of technical ability.

Work is now taking place and the club, which said it had been ‘oversubscribed’ with the amount of fans willing to take part, hopes to replace all discoloured seats by the end of the week.

In a statement issued on the first day of the project, the club said: “Having been oversubscribed with the amount of supporters wishing to lend a hand, fans got to work just after 8am this morning before the second group took over at lunchtime for their four-hour shift.

“Making light work of the challenge in hand, the groups made good progress and at the end of day one their efforts have meant we’re on course to complete the first batch of the seat change.”

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